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Polish truck driver deported for illegally traveling to work in England

Polish truck driver deported for illegally traveling to work in England

 

This is a story of a Polish driver who wanted to work in the UK but was deported and even served a short time in custody.

Jakub has seen a lot of information about how much the British need truck drivers. He has previously lived and worked in the UK for 6 years but now got to the point where he was not satisfied with the return to the Polish labor market. So he decided to try his luck in the UK again boarding the plane in June.

Of course, one had to prepare properly for the trip. Jakub terminated the rental agreement, sold the car, interviewed three potential employers remotely, and began applying for Settled Status. Anybody could have applied for this status by the end of June this year, as long as you are a citizen of an EU country and have spent at least five years in a row in the UK. Thanks to this, you do not have to apply for a normal work visa and stay in the country on simplified terms.

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Jakub started an application for his status by submitting a photo of his passport electronically. This is the official form indicated on the British government website. However, to finalize the process, it was still necessary to send his passport in. Jakub was going to do this from Great Britain, in accordance with the procedures applicable to people from EU countries.

And here the problems started. After arriving at Doncaster airport on Monday, June 14, Jakub was asked about the purpose of his entry into the country. He answered truthfully - he wanted to work as a truck driver based on the settled status. He mentioned starting an application for his status and presented the documents.

Although there were more than two weeks until the end of June - that is until the end of application process for settled status - the officer expected Jakub to have either granted settled/pre-settled status or a normal work visa. A visa that must be applied for several weeks in advance, paying in advance from 500 to 1300 GBP.

No explanation helped, and the officer treated him as an illegal labor immigrant. Jakub's documents were taken away from him and he even spent several hours in custody. In the meantime, a decision was made to deport him, scheduled for Sunday evening, June 20. The only good news was that until then, Jakub could have been staying with his family at the address indicated on the coronavirus arrival form. If he did not have such a possibility, he could even end up in a center for illegal immigrants.

During the week of waiting for deportation, Jakub sought all kinds of help. Unfortunately, the Polish embassy did not help, as it was not considered a typical consular matter. On the other hand, the media, including the "The Guardian", managed to get involved.

The newspaper engaged its lawyer to analyze the situation of the Polish driver. This confirmed that the arrival in the country was in full compliance with the procedures and that an official at the airport apparently made a misinterpretation of the rules.

The problem however was that the decision to deport has already been officially inserted. Revoking such a document is not an easy matter, as many officials will be scared to challenge an already issued document. So there was not enough time to resolve the matter. The last conversation with officials at the airport, just before departure, did not help either. For them, the matter was simple - deportation is deportation, analysis of documents does not interest them, and a possible change of decision may take place by an official appeal made from the territory of Poland.

So late in the evening on June,20 Jakub landed at the airport in Gdańsk. He has wasted a week, ended up with unnecessary expenses and a traumatic fight with officials.

But what will happen now? According to the legal representation, it is almost certain that the matter will be resolved and Jakub will be granted settled status, allowing him to come to work. Nevertheless, the disgust is sure to remain, especially seeing reports of a desperate shortage of drivers in the UK.

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0 #18 Ian 2021-09-28 09:43
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What action is being taken against the moronic individual who got it wrong? Or does he just get away with it scot free, with no consequences?

He gets a bonus.
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0 #17 Clownzilla 2021-09-03 19:24
I have to say, as UK citizen, I am also disgusted by this and I feel solidarity with people from the EU 27 affected by Brexit negatively. I did not vote for this, mainly for these reasons. Xenophobia. The assurances given to EU citizens were inadequate. Nothing making anyone feel psycholigically safe was allowed. On a human level wrong. You are not even permitted the grace of a physical document when you "achieve" settled status. Therefore they can revoke it digitally or some bug may ruin your life.
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+2 #16 tern 2021-08-14 23:10
Any case like this is about faulting the reasoned basis of a decision. That makes it about the court change, the faulting power against all legal decisions, so that they are no longer ever final. It is never in the news, though nobody has ever offered any refutation of the reasons why it exists. courtchange.wordpress.com/the-court-change-or-the- non-finality-situation/
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+4 #15 Mike 2021-08-13 22:01
What action is being taken against the moronic individual who got it wrong? Or does he just get away with it scot free, with no consequences?
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+12 #14 Alan 2021-08-11 15:10
I can't for the life of me work out why Jakub would want to go to live and work in such an incompetently-run, xenophobic and bigoted little country. If I were in his shoes I would tell them to stick their settled status where the monkey put the nuts.
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-47 #13 Dennis Low 2021-08-10 11:34
Should have got a boat no problem getting entry in to the UK that way
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+48 #12 Chris WATTS 2021-08-09 20:26
Glad I have lived and worked in France for many years. The UK is turning into a xenphobic ghetto.
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+15 #11 David Glenn 2021-08-09 14:53
I am an angry transporter specialising in returning the personal effects of U.K citizens after a life in the sun!l It now takes a substantial amount of paperwork and money to bring back (none commercial ) possessions! For no sensible reasons that I can see at all ! Teething problems up your Gove.
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+28 #10 Steve 2021-08-09 14:00
The bovine stupidity of poorly trained customs and immigration staff is once more evident in this case, though they all seem to have grasped the Home Office notion of hostile environment quite easily.
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+13 #9 Peter Rae 2021-08-09 12:35
nd now this so-called government of ours is going to use 7000 army drivers to fill 70000 driver positions....go figure!!!!
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